To bring some history back, Yogi Adityanath has invited Kim Jung-sook, the first lady of South Korea to attend the Diwali celebrations at Ayodhya this year. Korea and Ayodhya traces histories ties to a few millennials back. In AD 48, an Ayodhyan Princess named Suriratna had married a Korean king.
The Diwali celebrations will be observed over 3 data in Ayodhya. Along with many other dignitaries from across the world, Governor, Ram Naik will also visit Ayodhya during Diwali to mark the homecoming of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile. On the third day, the Sarayu river will be lit with thousands of diyas (Indian lamps), it is on this day, the Korean first lady is expected to arrive at Ayodhya.
The occasion will also be used for laying the foundation stone for Queen Suriratna Memorial Project in honour of the Ayodhyan Princess. Called as Queen Hur Hwang-ok by the Koreans, a lot of their countrymen trace their lineage back to her. To strengthen this cultural bond, an international ‘Sister City’ agreement was also signed in 2001.
Foreign media has also been invited to give worldwide coverage and put Ayodhya on the global map.